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Carnock, Baron (UK, 1916)


Creation: let. pat. 27 Jun 1916


Family name: Nicolson of that Ilk




Or three Falcon's Heads erased Gules armed Argent


A Demi Lion issuant Or armed and langued Gules


On either side an Eagle Or armed Gules


Above the Crest:  Generositate (With magnanimity);  Below the Shield:  Nil Sistere Contra (Nothing is able to stand against me)



Arthur [Nicolson], 1st Baron Carnock, GCB GCMG GCVO KCIE PC

only surv son of Adm Sir Frederick William Erskine Nicolson, 10th Bt. CB RN, by his first wife Mary Clementine Marian Loch, 2nd dau. of James Loch MP, of Drylaw


19 Sep 1849


20 Apr 1882 Mary Catharine Hamilton (d. 23 Mar 1951), dau. of Capt Archibald Rowan Hamilton, of Killyleagh Castle, co. Down, by his wife Catherine Anne Caldwell, dau. of Bernard George Caldwell


1. Hon Frederick Archibald Nicolson, later 2nd Baron Carnock

2. Hon Erskine Arthur Nicolson, later 3rd Baron Carnock

3. Hon Sir Harold George Nicolson KCVO CMG, Member of Parliament (National Labour) for Leicester West 1935-45, Parliamentary Secretary Ministry of Information 1940-41, Governor of the British Broadcasting Corporation 1941-46 (b. 21 Nov 1886; d. 1 May 1968), mar. 1 Oct 1913 Hon Victoria ("Vita") Mary Sackville-West CH JP, author (b. 9 March 1892; d. 2 Jun 1962), only child of Lionel Edward [Sackville-West], 3rd Baron Sackville, by his wife and cousin Josephine Victoria Sackville-West, illegit. dau. of Lionel Sackville [West later Sackville-West], 2nd Baron Sackville, and had issue:

1a. Capt (Lionel) Benedict Nicolson MVO, Deputy Surveyor of the King's Pictures 1939-47 (b. 6 Aug 1914; d. 1978), mar. 8 Aug 1955 (div. 1962) Luisa Felicita Vertova, 1st dau. of Prof Giacomo Vertova, of via Romana, Florence, Italy, and had issue:

1b. Vanessa Pepita Giovanna Nicolson (b. 8 Aug 1956), mar. 1991 Andrew Cunningham Churchill Davidson, of Horserace House, Sissinghurst, co. Kent, son of Henry Churchill Davidson, of Hove, co. Sussex, and has issue

2a. Capt Nigel Nicolson MBE, of Sissinghurst Castle, co. Kent, Member of Parliament (Conservative) for Bournemouth East and Christchurch 1852-59 (b. 19 Jan 1917; d. 23 Sep 2004), mar. 30 Jul 1953 (div. 1970) Philippa Janet Tennyson-d'Eyncourt (b. 20 Dec 1928; mar. (2) 20 Mar 1970 Sir Robin McAlpine; d. 1987), only dau. of Sir (Eustace) Gervais Tennyson-d'Eyncourt, 2nd Bt., by his first wife Pamela Gladstone, 2nd dau. of William Buckley Gladstone, of Moor Town House, Ringwood, co. Hampshire, and has issue:

1b. Adam Nicolson later Nicolson of that ilk, later 5th Baron Carnock

1b. Juliet Nicolson (b. 9 Jun 1954), mar. 1977 (div. 1995) James Macmillan-Scott, and has issue

2b. Rebecca Nicolson (b. 10 Apr 1963), mar. 1988 (div. 1996) Guy Wogan [Philipps], 4th Baron Milford

1. Hon Clementina Gwendolen Catherine Nicolson (b. 3 Jul 1896; d. 30 May 1995), mar. 6 Oct 1916 Francis Cecil Ord [St Aubyn], 3rd Baron Saint Levan, and had issue


5 Nov 1928


27 Jun 1916 Baron Carnock, of Carnock in the County of Stirling

suc. by



appointed to the Foreign Office 1870; Acting Private Secretary to the Foreign Secretary 1872-74; Acting 3rd Secretary, Berlin 1874; 2nd Secretary, Peking 1876, Berlin 1878, and Constantinople 1879; Superintendent of Student Interpreters, Turkey 1879; Inspector of Consulates in Asia Minor and Syria 1881; accompanied the Earl of Dufferin to Egypt 1882; Acting Chargé d'Affaires, Athens 1884-85; Secretary of Legation and Chargé d'Affaires, Tehran 1885-88; CMG 1886; KCIE 1888; Consul-General in Hungary 1888; Secretary of Embassy, Constantinople 1893; Agent and Consul-General in Bulgaria 1894; Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary at Tangier 1895-1905; suc. his father 29 Dec 1899 as 11th Baronet of Carnock; KCB 1901; KCVO 1903; Ambassador Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary at Madrid 1905; Privy Councillor 1905; GCVO 1905; British Representative at Algeciras on affairs of Morocco 1906; Ambassador at St Petersburg 1906-10; GCMG 1906; GCB 1907; Permanent Under Secretary for Foreign Affairs 1910-16


Frederick Archibald [Nicolson], 2nd Baron Carnock, MC


9 Jan 1883


3 May 1952

suc. by



ADC to the Viceroy of India 1911-12; served in World War I as GSO (2nd Grade), 1914-18; MC; Major, 1919; retired from the Army 1922; Barrister, Inner Temple 1924


Erskine Arthur [Nicolson], 3rd Baron Carnock, DSO JP


26 Mar 1884


9 Oct 1919 Hon Katharine Frederica Albertha Lopes (b. 25 Sep 1892; d. 24 Aug 1968), 1st dau. of Henry Yarde Buller [Lopes], 1st Baron Roborough, by his wife Lady Albertha Louise Florence Edgcumbe, 2nd dau. by his first wife of William Henry [Edgcumbe], 4th Earl of Mount Edgcumbe


1. Hon David Henry Arthur Nicolson later Nicolson of that Ilk, later 4th Baron Carnock

2. Sub Lieut Hon Peter Trevylyan Erskine Nicolson DSC RNR (b. 3 Sep 1921; dvp. Aug 1942)

1. Hon Naomi Ruth Bertha Nicolson (b. 18 Jan 1925; dvp. 17 Jun 1934)


2 Oct 1982

suc. by



served in World War I as Capt RN; DSO 1919


David Henry Arthur [Nicolson later Nicolson of that Ilk], 4th Baron Carnock


10 Jul 1920


26 Dec 2008

suc. by

first cousin once-removed


served in World War II as Major, Royal Devon Yeomanry; solicitor 1949; partner, Clifford Turner 1955-86; recognised by Lord Lyon King of Arms 3 Sep 1984 as 16th holder of the Baronetcy of Lasswade, Chief of Clan Nicolson and Nicolson of that Ilk; Liveryman, Scriveners' Company


Adam [Nicolson later Nicolson of that Ilk], 5th Baron Carnock


12 Sep 1957

mar. (1)

11 Sep 1982 (div. 1992) Olivia Mary Rokeby Fane (b. 9 May 1960), 1st dau. of Lt Cdr Antony Charles Reynardson Fane RN, of Ridgemead House, Shrubs Hill Lane, Sunningdale, co. Berkshire (by his wife Caroline Mary Rokeby Holland, dau. of Hugh Delano Holland, of Englefield Green, co. Surrey), 1st son of Maj Hon Mountjoy John Charles Wedderburn Fane DL (by his wife Agatha Isabel Acland-Hood JP, dau. of Lt Col Arthur Acland-Hood-Reynardson OBE JP DL), 2nd son of Anthony Mildmay Julian [Fane], 13th Earl of Westmorland

children by first wife

1. Hon Thomas Nicolson (b. 1984)

2. Hon William Nicolson (b. 1986)

3. Hon Benedict Nicolson (b. 1988)

mar. (2)

1993 Sarah Clare Raven, dau. of John Earle Raven, of King's College, Cambridge

children by second wife

1. Hon Rose Raven Nicolson (b. 1993)

2. Hon Mollie Raven Nicolson (b. 1996)


Director, Toucan since 1986; journalist and author; Lord Carnock has not proven his succession to the Baronetcies of Nicolson of Lasswade and Nicolson of Carnock


Last updated 11 Jun 2011




5th Baron Carnock, of Carnock in the County of Stirling

(United Kingdom, let. pat. 27 Jun 1916)

de jure 17th Baronet, styled "of Lasswade"

(Nova Scotia, let. pat. 1629)

de jure 15th Baronet, styled "of Carnock"

(Nova Scotia, let. pat. 16 Jan 1637)

Chief of Clan Nicolson


Perch Hill Farm, Brightling, Robertsbridge, East Sussex TN32 5HP



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